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Flight dos and don'ts issued, air fares set in 7 bands

Flight dos and don'ts issued, air fares set in 7 bands

Rediff.com21 May 2020

The Airports Authority of India issued a standard operating procedure to airport operators on Wednesday for recommencement of domestic flights from May 25 onwards.

Post lockdown-flights: Cabin crew to have face shields, gowns, masks

Post lockdown-flights: Cabin crew to have face shields, gowns, masks

Rediff.com15 May 2020

Airlines such as IndiGo, Air India, Vistara and AirAsia India have decided to go with the new attire to ensure safety of cabin crew members as they are in close proximity to passengers during flights

How drones are helping fight against COVID-19

How drones are helping fight against COVID-19

Rediff.com21 Apr 2020

Drones are being used for carrying out a host of tasks like surveillance to ensure that people are maintaining social distancing, spreading awareness about COVID-19 in densely populated areas, spraying disinfectants and checking people's temperature

IndiGo has a post-lockdown plan, including no meals

IndiGo has a post-lockdown plan, including no meals

Rediff.com10 Apr 2020

Once the coronavirus lockdown is over in India and commercial passenger flights are permitted again, IndiGo will deep clean its aircraft more frequently, stop in-flight meal service for a brief period and will fill a maximum 50 per cent capacity in airport buses, the airline's CEO Ronojoy Dutta said on Friday. "In situations like these, companies do not manage to growth or profitability but to liquidity. That means our singular focus is on cash flow. We are examining all our fixed costs and looking for ways to minimise them," he said.

Kunal Kamra seeks Rs 25L from IndiGo over flying ban

Kunal Kamra seeks Rs 25L from IndiGo over flying ban

Rediff.com1 Feb 2020

Kamra was banned by India's largest airline for six months on Tuesday for allegedly harassing Goswami on the Mumbai-Lucknow flight. SpiceJet, GoAir and Air India also imposed a similar ban on Kamra without specifying any period.

Captain who flew Kamra writes to IndiGo, objects to ban

Captain who flew Kamra writes to IndiGo, objects to ban

Rediff.com30 Jan 2020

The pilot wrote in his letter to airline's management that he was 'disheartened' to learn the carrier took action against the comedian without consulting him and solely on the basis of social media posts.

Air India reinstates pilot found guilty of sexual harassment

Air India reinstates pilot found guilty of sexual harassment

Rediff.com19 Jan 2020

The senior pilot was suspended in May last year after being found guilty of sexual harassment by an internal committee of the airline. The committee imposed a 'major penalty' on Captain Sachin Gupta, who has now appealed to the next authority against the punishment.

Passengers threaten to break cockpit door on AI flight

Passengers threaten to break cockpit door on AI flight

Rediff.com4 Jan 2020

"The AI865 flight on Thursday got delayed as it developed a technical snag. It had to return to the bay. Passengers started knocking on the cockpit door, asking and taunting the pilots to come out," said an airline official. "One male passenger even said that he will break open the cockpit door if the pilots didn't come out," the official said, adding the situation inside the plane "went from bad to worse".

Closed since Balakot strike, Pak reopens airspace to civilian flights

Closed since Balakot strike, Pak reopens airspace to civilian flights

Rediff.com16 Jul 2019

The move is expected to give a major relief to Air India, which suffered a huge financial loss of around Rs 491 crore.

Safety lapses: DGCA issues notices to 4 IndiGo executives

Safety lapses: DGCA issues notices to 4 IndiGo executives

Rediff.com12 Jul 2019

The DGCA is conducting special audit of all airlines and airports which are in monsoon-affected areas in the wake of multiple landing incidents across the country.

Jet's woes deepen, 49 out of 119 aircraft grounded

Jet's woes deepen, 49 out of 119 aircraft grounded

Rediff.com7 Mar 2019

DGCA has told the airline that only "air worthy" aircraft, which are completely fit for flying, should be used in operations.

Regulator finds Alkem Labs drug substandard, again

Regulator finds Alkem Labs drug substandard, again

Rediff.com9 Jun 2016

The regulator had issued alerts in June and July of 2015.

Toxins in cough syrups, other drugs due to plastic bottling

Toxins in cough syrups, other drugs due to plastic bottling

Rediff.com1 Jun 2016

Popular antacid Mucaine Gel, manufactured by Pfizer's subsidiary Wyeth Laboratories, was also found laced with the heavy metals as well as cadmium.

Don't need to sell assets, can pay fine: Ranbaxy brothers

Don't need to sell assets, can pay fine: Ranbaxy brothers

Rediff.com25 May 2016

In 2013, Daiichi had launched the arbitration proceedings in Singapore.

6 major companies found manufacturing 'substandard' drugs

6 major companies found manufacturing 'substandard' drugs

Rediff.com18 May 2016

Alkem Labs was issued drug alerts twice last year -- in June and July -- for its drug Glimekem.

Passive euthanasia gets a lifeline from the government

Passive euthanasia gets a lifeline from the government

Rediff.com11 May 2016

The draft bill allows euthanasia for patients who can take informed decisions; doctors to be protected from liability.

Rs 3,500-cr fine on Singh bros, not Rs 2,562 cr: Daiichi

Rs 3,500-cr fine on Singh bros, not Rs 2,562 cr: Daiichi

Rediff.com7 May 2016

Daiichi alleged that Singh brothers had concealed and misrepresented critical information concerning US Food and Drug Administration and Department of Justice investigations into Ranbaxy

Ranbaxy's Singh brothers told to pay Rs 2,562-crore fine to Daiichi

Ranbaxy's Singh brothers told to pay Rs 2,562-crore fine to Daiichi

Rediff.com6 May 2016

In 2014, Sun Pharma agreed to buy Ranbaxy -- which was then controlled by Daiichi.

End of the road for 3 highway projects

End of the road for 3 highway projects

Rediff.com25 Apr 2016

NHAI to pull plug on Rs 3,000-crore ventures for poor show

'We are starting the largest lab in India'

'We are starting the largest lab in India'

Rediff.com26 Mar 2016

Sanjeev Vashishta, chief executive officer at SRL Diagnostics, talks to Deepak Patel about expansion plans and regulations for the sector.

Drugs ban: These are the worst hit brands, companies

Drugs ban: These are the worst hit brands, companies

Rediff.com21 Mar 2016

Govt bans brands with annual sales worth Rs 3,728 crore.

Five tyre firms operated as cartel, finds CCI probe

Five tyre firms operated as cartel, finds CCI probe

Rediff.com5 Mar 2016

Between 2011 and 2014, they indirectly determined the price of tyres in the market, says report

Wait for cheaper drugs might get longer

Wait for cheaper drugs might get longer

Rediff.com3 Mar 2016

Lobby group tells USTR it has got assurance from India on compulsory licensing.

Tax rebate unlikely to reduce dialysis cost

Tax rebate unlikely to reduce dialysis cost

Rediff.com3 Mar 2016

A dialysis machine contributes only 6 per cent to the overall cost.

How 11 Indian states score on standard of living

How 11 Indian states score on standard of living

Rediff.com22 Jan 2016

11 states were assessed for access to clean water, energy and sanitation and use of iodised salt.

NDA more eager to cap drug prices than UPA

NDA more eager to cap drug prices than UPA

Rediff.com14 Jan 2016

The impact from NELM on the Indian pharmaceutical sector is estimated to be around Rs 6,000 crore.

Sanofi Pasteur to bring first dengue vaccine to India

Sanofi Pasteur to bring first dengue vaccine to India

Rediff.com11 Dec 2015

The French drug maker has its vaccine approved in Mexico for all four serotypes for patients aged 9 to 45.

No woman on board: 2,690 firms to get notice

No woman on board: 2,690 firms to get notice

Rediff.com4 Dec 2015

The BSE fined 370 listed companies following the Sebi notification.

Company registration just got easier

Company registration just got easier

Rediff.com22 Jun 2015

There is still some way to go.

Don't become sick again: CAG warns RINL

Don't become sick again: CAG warns RINL

Rediff.com7 May 2015

RINL wiped out its losses in 2005-06 with money from the government.

New accounting standards to change debt-equity ratio for companies

New accounting standards to change debt-equity ratio for companies

Rediff.com12 Mar 2015

Currently there is no standard ideal debt to equity ratio.

Here's how to make India easy for business

Here's how to make India easy for business

Rediff.com19 Jan 2015

The 2015 World Bank group's Doing Business index ranked India at 142, down from 140, which it was the year before.

Modi's plan to make India an easy place for biz is too ambitious

Modi's plan to make India an easy place for biz is too ambitious

Rediff.com12 Jan 2015

A key government official involved in initiatives to make doing business in the country easier said improving the ranking to 50th in a year was not possible but the country could certainly do that over two years.

Few companies may switch to new accounting norms

Few companies may switch to new accounting norms

Rediff.com5 Jan 2015

Companies that are listed or are in the process of being listed, and have a net worth of at least Rs 500 crore, must adopt these standards from April 1, 2016.

Cabinet clears 14 changes to Companies Act

Cabinet clears 14 changes to Companies Act

Rediff.com3 Dec 2014

The move is aimed at making it easier to do business in India.

Zopper helps you buy the best product at lowest prices

Zopper helps you buy the best product at lowest prices

Rediff.com13 Oct 2014

Zopper, a price comparison site, with 2,000 online and 200,000 offline merchants on board, aims to increase user activity 100 times in 3 years.

Consolidated statements: Govt might give firms 1 more year

Consolidated statements: Govt might give firms 1 more year

Rediff.com22 Sep 2014

Relief would only be for unlisted companies; listed ones already have to prepare statements once a year.